Events: Weight Throw (55-5 1/2), Shot Put (IN: 54-7 ½; OUT: 53-11), Discus (146-6), Hammer Throw (144-1)
2017 SEC Women's Freshman of the Week (Feb. 21)
An SEC scorer in the shot put both indoors and outdoors during her freshman season at LSU ... Nearly medaled for the Lady Tigers at the SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships held in Columbia, South Carolina, where she placed fifth in the conference with a throw of 52 feet, 8 1/4 inches ... Followed by throwing her outdoor personal best of 53-11 at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds to qualify for the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships for the first time in her career ... Qualified 10th overall at the NCAA East Prelims in Lexington, Kentucky ... Moved into the No. 3 spot on LSU's all-time outdoor performance list in the shot put with her outdoor PR of 53-11 ... Ended the collegiate season with a 22nd-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships while throwing 51-2 1/4 at Oregon's Hayward Field ... Won the shot put at the LSU Alumni Gold meet with a throw of 51-1 3/4 ... Also threw the shot at the Texas Relays (49-7 3/4), Battle on the Bayou (51-4 1/2), Mt. SAC Relays (52-6 1/2) and SEC Relays (53-7 3/4) during the outdoor season ... Finished runner-up in the event at LSU's Battle on the Bayou ... Also posted a personal-best mark of 146-6 in the discus at the Battle on the Bayou, finishing the event in sixth place ... Scored two points for the Lady Tigers at the SEC Indoor Track & Field Championships while finishing in seventh place with a series-best throw of 50-2 3/4 in the competition ... Added a 26th-place finish in the weight throw at the SEC Indoor Championships ... Warmed up for her SEC Championship debut by winning the shot put at the LSU Twilight meet with a seasonal-best throw of 54-1 3/4 to rank No. 4 on LSU's all-time indoor performance list in the event ... Was named the SEC Women's Freshman of the Week following her performance at the LSU Twilight ... Won the shot put title at the Bayou Bengal Invitational with a mark of 50-6 ... Also threw the shot indoors at the Commodore Invitational (51-4 1/4), Auburn Invitational (52-6 1/2), Razorback Invitational (52-0 1/2) and Iowa State Classic (49-6 1/4) ... Opened the indoor season by throwing a personal best of 55-5 1/2 for sixth place in the weight throw at the Purple Tiger Invitational ... Nearly matched her weight throw PR at the Bayou Bengal Invitational where she threw 55-3 for sixth place ... Followed the collegiate season by stepping into the shot put circle at the USA Track & Field Junior Championships in Sacramento, California, where she placed fifth overall with a throw of 52-0 ... Honored for her academic performance following the season with a selection to the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.
PRIOR TO LSU
One of the elite shot putters in the United States at the youth level during her career at Whippany Park High School … Crowned the New Balance Indoor Nationals Champion in the shot put during her senior year in 2016 while becoming the No. 4-ranked shot putter indoors in U.S. history at the high school level … Unleashed a lifetime best of 54-7 ½ on her sixth and final attempt of the competition to win the New Balance Indoor Nationals gold medal … Also threw 54-6 ¾ in the fourth round to take the lead … Ended the 2016 indoor season as the No. 2-ranked shot putter nationally at the high school level … Was also one of the nation’s leading shot putters during the 2016 outdoor season after setting an outdoor PR of 52-7 ¾ at the Morris County Championships to rank No. 3 on the U.S. high school list … Threw 52-3 ¾ to score the shot put silver medal at the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Meet of Champions during her senior season at Whippany Park High School … Also won the silver medal in the discus at the 2016 NJSIAA Meet of Champions … Won her second-straight shot put silver medal at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals after throwing 51-2 ¼ at the meet in 2016 … Threw 50-5 ½ to win the New Balance Outdoor Nationals silver medal as a junior in 2015 … Also ranked as the No. 3 shot putter on the U.S. high school list in 2015 with a seasonal best and previous New Jersey state record of 51-2 ¾ on her final throw to win the event at the 2015 NJSIAA Meet of Champions … Became the first shot putter in the history of New Jersey high school athletics to eclipse the 50-foot mark with a meet-record throw of 50-8 to take the title at the 121st Penn Relays in April 2015 … Broke a 24-year-old New Jersey state record and 35-year-old Penn Relays meet record with her first career 50-foot throw … Later earned the right to represent the United States at the 2015 IAAF World Youth Championships with a silver-medal-winning performance at the USA Track & Field World Youth Trials where she threw the 3-kg. shot a distance of 55-5 ¾ on her final throw … Placed sixth in her international debut with a throw of 55-1 ½ with the 3-kg. shot at the IAAF World Youth Championships held in Cali, Colombia … Threw 56-11 ½ with the lighter shot in the qualifying round at the IAAF World Youth Championships … Junior season in 2015 was also highlighted by winning the NJSIAA Group 2 state title with a throw of 48-6 ½ and the shot put title in the 17-18 age group at the USATF Hershey Youth Outdoor Championships with a throw of 47-9 ¾ … Also crowned the NJSIAA Group 2 state champion in the discus in 2015 with a winning throw of 131-5 at the state meet … Honored as the NJ.com Track & Field Athlete of the Year following her breakout junior season … Threw personal bests of 140-7 in the discus and 144-1 in the hammer during her prep career … Threw 48-8 in a bronze-medal-winning third-place finish in the shot put at the 2015 New Balance Indoor Nationals held at The Armory in New York … Added a 14th-place finish in the weight throw at the 2015 New Balance Indoor Nationals with a personal-best mark of 49-9 … Posted an indoor PR of 48-11 ¼ during her junior season in 2015 to rank No. 3 nationally among all classifications and No. 2 in the Class of 2016 … Captured the NJSIAA Group 1 indoor state title in 2015 with a winning throw of 47-0 ¼ at the state meet … First crowned a New Jersey state champion as a freshman in 2013 when she threw 41-2 to win the Group 1 state title during the outdoor season … Swept Group 1 state silver medals as a sophomore in 2014 with throws of 38-10 in the shot put and 120-3 in the discus at the state meet … Competed in the shot put at the New Jersey Meet of Champions both seasons while finishing fourth with a throw of 41-1 in 2013 and eighth with a mark of 40-4 ½ in 2014 … Also a two-year letterwinner on the basketball court at Whippany Park High School.
Full name is Nickolette Alyse Dunbar … Born on April 5, 1998 … Parents are Karl and Pamela Dunbar … Has one brother, Karmichael II, and one sister, Mickel … Father was a standout defensive lineman on the LSU football team from 1985-89 before playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals in the NFL … Father is currently the defensive line coach with the Buffalo Bills … Brother currently plays football at Louisiana-Lafayette … An outstanding student at Whippany Park High School while maintaining a 3.5 grade-point average … Plans to major in sports psychology at LSU.